Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 8:00 PM
collation at 7:30 pm


presenter: Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.
discussant: Harold P. Blum, M.D.

This presentation will review how problems in the educational methodologyand the structural organization of psychoanalytic institutes negatively affect the development of the psychoanalytic profession and science. A review of predominant hypotheses regarding the nature of these problems will be followed by a series of proposals for change, indicating both advantages and constraints of these proposals. The areas of specific inquiry and proposed educational and structural innovations include the training analysis system; supervision; seminars and classroom teaching; institute governance; relationships with university settings; psychotherapy training; admission, progression, graduation, certification and accreditation; and the relations to the local, regional, and international psychoanalytic organization. In the process, this presentation will explore the problem of professional standards and competence, and compare critically the Eitingon and French educational models.